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NEW Forest Service News Release Crooks Fire

Incident Management Team to Assume Command of the Crooks Fire April 19, 2022 

Crooks Fire Information (928) 925-1111 

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InciWeb: Crooks Fire Information – InciWeb the Incident Information System (nwcg.gov) 

Location: 10 miles of Prescott-Bradshaw Ranger District (T12N, R2W, SEC 12), near Mt Union. 

Start Date: April 18, 2022 

Size: Approximately 600 acres 

Percent Contained: 0% 

Cause: Under Investigation 

Vegetation: Brush, Ponderosa Pine, and Mixed Conifer 

Summary: Ryan Barela’s Arizona Central West Zone Type 3 Incident Management will assume command of the  Crooks Fire today at 6:00 PM. The fire remained active last night as crews worked through the night on structure  protection and burning fuels along Forest Road (FR) 261 and along Senator Highway. Firefighters will focus today on  keeping the fire south of FR 261 and east of Senator Highway. Fires in Prescott, AZ typically are driven by  southwestern winds that push the fire to the northeast, therefore, we are prioritizing working on the northeastern part of  the fire. 

Fire behavior can be unpredictable, and fire managers are asking the public to exercise caution and steer clear of all areas that  could be impacted by the Crooks Fire. 

Resources Assigned: 3-Type 2 Hand crew, 5-Type 1 Hotshot crew, 5-Engines, 5 – Helicopters, and Miscellaneous  Overhead.  

WEATHER: Red Flag warning in effect from 11 AM this morning to 8 PM MST this evening due to strong winds and  low relative humidity. Warm dry conditions are expected today with temperatures peaking in the afternoon around 70, relative  humidity at 10%, with winds out of the southwest at 25-35 MPH with gusting up to 50 mph.  

EVACUATIONS: Information about current evacuation status can be found on the Yavapai County Sheriff’s  Department Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/YavapaiCountySheriff/ 

FOREST CLOSURE: To provide public health and safety due to firefighting operations and fire danger associated with the uncontrolled Crooks Fire the Prescott National Forest has implemented a forest closure. To view the  closure order and map visit: Prescott National Forest – Alerts & Notices (usda.gov)  

ROAD CLOSURE: Goodwin Road – Crown King to Senator Highway; Walker Road is blocked at Senator Hwy; Lower Wolf Creek Road is closed at Senator Hwy and Big Bug Mesa Road is closed at Goodwin Road. As a reminder  to the public, with the increased fire vehicles in the area, for public and firefighter safety people should not travel into  any of the fire area. 

For information on the Prescott National Forest, check out the Prescott NF website and following us on Facebook and  Twitter. 

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